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Nancy J. Woolf, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Woolf has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and higher education

Dr. Nancy Woolf is a professor emeritus in the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

    LAS VEGAS, NV, February 01, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Nancy J. Woolf, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Woolf celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Woolf is a professor emeritus in the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who spent 30 years on campus before retiring in 2009. First hired in 1984 as an assistant research neuroscientist, Dr. Woolf served in that capacity for eight years before becoming an adjunct associate professor in 1992 and adjunct professor in 2003. Her research and teaching interests, which focused on nanoscale structures in the central nervous system and the participation of those structures in higher cognition, also included the study of cytoskeletal abnormalities in Alzheimer's disease, microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins in learning and memory, microtubule-based models of cognition, and pharmacological strategies based on proteomics.

Recognized in her field for mapping the pathways in the central nervous system that manufacture and release acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter whose function is to communicate between nerve cells, Dr. Woolf documented her work in the Progress in Neurobiology Journal in 1991, which was titled "Cholinergic Systems in Mammalian Brain and Spinal Cord." She also found that the cholinergic system not only relays messages but modifies neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the nervous system to change in response to experience. On the topic of Alzheimer's disease, she co-authored an article on the topic with L.L. Butcher in the Oxford University Press in 1990. The article was titled "Dysdifferentiation of Structurally Plastic Neurons Initiates the Pathologic Cascade of Alzheimer's Disease: Toward a Unifying Hypothesis." Then in 2009 Dr. Woolf advanced the idea of stabilizing microtubules to remedy Alzheimer's disease, detailing specific means. The article was titled "Brain Microtubules: Potential Applications to Multiple Neurological and Neuropsychiatric Diseases." It appeared in the Journal of Nanoneuroscience, Volume 1.

Dr. Woolf has written extensively in her field, contributing more than 75 articles to various scholarly journals and two books, "Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding" and "Nanoneuroscience: Structural and Functional Roles of the Neuronal Cytoskeleton in Health and Disease." She also served on the editorial board for Science and Consciousness Review, was a manuscript reviewer for over a dozen professional journals, external reviewer of grants for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer's Association, and reviewer for several professional publications, including Pearson and Oxford Press. Dr. Woolf was invited to multiple symposia and other presentations over the years as well, both nationally and internationally. She is also a longstanding member of the Society for Neuroscience.

The recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from UCLA in the department of psychology in 2008, Dr. Woolf received an Academic Advancement Program Faculty Recognition Award in 2002 and a Graduate Women of the Year Award in 1983 from the university as well. She also received a Colby Prize from the Sigma Kappa Foundation in 1990 and a Woman of the Year Award from the College of the Desert in 1976. She has been cited in several editions of Who's Who, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Born in Fort Sill, OK, Dr. Woolf followed in her father's path academically, who was a physician. Earning a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology at UCLA in 1978, she then completed a Doctor of Philosophy in neuroscience at UCLA in 1983. Formerly married to the late Larry Lee Butcher, Dr. Woolf is the proud mother of two children.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Nancy J. Woolf, Ph.D., has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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